Born: October 7, 1935
Died: April 10, 2020
Location: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton
Location: Grafton Cemetery
Kenneth Fred Fredrickson passed away Friday, April 10, 2020 while in care at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota.
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will celebrate Ken with a public memorial service at a later date.
Ken was born October 7, 1935 to Fred Fredrickson and Ella (Luth) Fredrickson in rural Northwood, Iowa. He was baptized October 27, 1935 and confirmed June 19, 1949 at First Lutheran Church, Northwood, Iowa. Ken attended country school near where his parents farmed.
Ken served in the United States Army, on active duty from 1956 – 1958 which included duty overseas in France with an Army drop unit. He had fond memories of those duties.
Upon returning from active duty Ken married his lifelong love, LaVerne Leidal on February 7, 1959. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage before LaVerne’s passing in July 2009. To this union two children were born, Julie Ann and Mark Eric. After Ken’s employment at the Northwood Co-op Elevator, they began farming just east of Northwood, then later moved southwest of Northwood, finally moving southeast of Northwood near Bolan, Iowa. Kenneth farmed until his retirement in 2002, then helped his son farm until his passing.
Ken was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grafton, Iowa and served as president of the council at one time. He also served the community as a director of the Grafton Co-op Elevator, the Lutheran Retirement home board, and Worth County Farm Bureau board.
Ken was proceeded in death by his wife LaVerne, his parents Fred and Ella Fredrickson, his father and mother in law, Curtis and Luella Leidal, brothers Irving and Harold Fredrickson, sister Doris, brother in law Ray Shir, sisters in law Reva (Muggs) and Delores, and sister in law Karen (Leidal) Plummer.
Ken is survived by his children Julie Fredrickson, Clear Lake, IA., and Mark Fredrickson, Grafton, IA., brothers in law LeRoy (Lonna) Leidal, Menomonie, WI, Kevin (Becky) Leidal, Solon, IA, sister in law Kathy (Tom) Christianson, Northwood, IA. and many nephews and nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren.